Recruitment platform OneShift in bid to raise up to $30 million

2:01PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Recruitment start-up OneShift is hoping to raise up to $30 million to fund its expansion into New Zealand and south-east Asia, with US venture capital firms among the list of possible investors.

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Spend money to make money

2:43PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Napoleon Perdis has suggested Australian department stores could reverse their fortunes by investing in staff. It’s a suggestion with implications far beyond the retail sector.

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Chocolate stamps a sweet touch

2:18PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

How do you make sending letters more appealing to a generation raised on email and social media? Belgian company Bpost hopes its new chocolate flavoured stamps will be a sweet selling point.

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From a YouTube clip to global distribution deals

2:21PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

After winning the Best Green Start-up title at the 2012 StartupSmart Awards, Recycling Solutions founder John Cross has been busy building partnerships with international partners. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Reckon looking to take on Xero by joining cloud accountancy battle

2:09PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Warwick Goodman

Reckon is aiming to shake up the Australian accounting software market when it launches its first cloud-based product Reckon One in the next quarter.

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Matching tattoos a cheeky marketing stunt for Squeeze1 founders

2:05PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The founders of Squeeze1 are hoping to draw attention to themselves – and their business – by promising to have the company’s logo tattooed on their body if they reach 15,000 signups before they launch on February 24.

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Turn your sales staff into “interns” one day each fortnight

2:59PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Yesterday, the Taskmaster outlined why it’s a good idea to have your staff spend one day per week or per fortnight in sales. But should your sales staff spend time in other departments?

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Bob’s burger packaging is good enough to eat

2:31PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Millions of tonnes of waste packaging gets dumped in landfills each year. Now one Brazilian fast food franchise is dishing out a delectable solution to this biting eco-problem.

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Airtasker snaps up TaskBox as it prepares to tackle global markets

2:18PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up Airtasker has made its first acquisition after launching just one year ago, picking up smaller competitor TaskBox, as it seeks to ramp up growth here and overseas.

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Unemployment rate remains steady but is set to weaken

2:29PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4% in January, despite predictions it would rise, but NAB has warned the labour market will weaken as business conditions deteriorate.

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Send your staff to the sales coalface

2:44PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Are your staff getting lazy? Old Taskmaster says it’s time to send them to the coalface!

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Happy campers head indoors

2:13PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Traditionally, caravan parks have been a low-cost form of accommodation. However, entrepreneurs in Germany are taking the experience upmarket with Hüttenpalast, the world’s first indoor caravan park.

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Startmate seeks “exceptional” techies to act as trump cards

2:10PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mentor-driven seed fund Startmate is seeking “exceptional” developers and designers for its newly launched Trump Cards program, which offers insight into life as a start-up.

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The Australian economy under a re-elected Gillard government

2:37PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 |  Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

While they’re behind in the polls, it’s worth taking a look at what another term of Julia Gillard and Labor would mean for the economy and your business. BY BERNARD KEANE and GLENN DYER.

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Thinking of launching an online retailer? Meet Gerry Harvey

2:23PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Last night, while using a nearby “leisure computer”, the Taskmaster managed to catch an interview with Gerry Harvey. The same interview holds a hidden lesson for anyone thinking of launching an online retailer.

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Looking for a therapist? Hit the iCouch

2:08PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

New technology can sometimes drive you crazy. Thankfully, a new online service called iCouch makes finding the perfect therapist easy.

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Three tests to see whether your start-up is investment ready

2:19PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Marc Peskett

Is your business ready for outside investment? Here are the three key benchmarks you need to look at before you start seeking finance. BY MARC PESKETT.

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RBA leaves cash rate unchanged – but for how long?

2:51PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank board has left the cash rate on hold at 3%, despite admitting that the labour market is softening and unemployment is edging higher.

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The Australian economy under Abbott

2:24PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

With a federal election coming up, it's time to take a look at what an Abbott-led government would mean for the economy and your business. BY BERNARD KEANE and GLENN DYER

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Solar-powered water distiller

2:51PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The lack of clean, reliable drinking water has long been a problem in many developing countries. It’s a problem a new solar-powered water distiller hopes to tackle.

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